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Pop sensation Britney Spears is set to address a court in Los Angeles about the management of her conservatorship on Thursday.
And as fans wait to hear the outcome of the court hearing, others have been frantically googling what exactly a conservatorship is, and why Britney is fighting to break free from hers.
A conservatorship is granted by a court for individuals who are unable to make their own decisions, such as those living with dementia or other mental illnesses.
For over 12 years now, Britney’s father has been regulating almost every aspect of her life, including restrictions on her spending, her visitors, and even the kind of phone she can have.
The Toxic hitmaker, 39, was first placed under the conservatorship in 2008 after she faced a public mental health crisis and since then, she has had no control over her own finances.
For over 12 years now, Britney’s father has been regulating almost every aspect of her life
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Britney Spears will directly address Los Angeles court on conservatorship today
After the singer’s family stepped in amid her breakdown, a court-ordered agreement gave her father, Jamie Spears, complete control over her estate and finances.
It was first placed on Britney after her breakdown and was set in motion when she began to erratically in 2007 after her divorce from Kevin Federline was finalised.
Following her divorce, Britney lost custody of their two children, Sean and Jayden.
A series of further public incidents raised serious concern about the singer’s overall mental health.
After the singer’s family stepped in amid her breakdown, a court-ordered agreement gave her father, Jamie Spears, complete control over her estate and finance
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Most notably, the popstar star made headlines across the globe for shaving her head and bashing in a photographer's car window with an umbrella after the cameraman continued to photograph her after she requested him to stop.
A number of months after her public meltdown, Britney was admitted to hospital twice under a temporary psychiatric assessment ruling.
A temporary conservatorship was placed upon Britney during this time, and although it was only supposed to last a short period of time, it has been gradually extended for over twelve years now.
Britney’s conservatorship is split into two parts as one controls her estate and financial affairs, and the other controls her personal life.
Britney’s conservatorship is split into two parts as one controls her estate and financial affairs, and the other controls her personal life
The pop star’s father was initially in charge of both parts of her conservatorship but in 2019, he stepped down from his role as her personal conservator.
Jamie was then replaced by Jodi Montgomery but only on a temporary basis.
Britney has requested that Jodi’s role be made permanent amid indications that she no longer wants her father to have any control over her life or her conservatorship.
The singer is due in court today (June 23) to ask a judge to remove her father from her conservatorship.
The singer is due in court today (June 23) to ask a judge to remove her father from her conservatorship
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Britney could be heard in open court unless Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny rules that the proceedings should be sealed.
Under US law, Britney now faces a burden of proof to show she is competent enough to show she is free to make her own choices.
Her appearance in court is expected to take place this afternoon at 4:30pm EST – which is the equivalent of 9:30pm BST.
The outcome of the hearing is being watched closely by fans of the star who have petitioned for years for her to have her conservatorship lifted – with a “Free Britney” movement attracting supporters from all corners of the world.